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Going to the Mat (19-Mar-2004)

Director: Stuart Gillard

Writers: Steve Bloom; Stu Krieger; Chris Nolan; Laurie Nolan

Keywords: Drama, Blindness, Wrestling

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Wayne Brady
Talk Show Host
2-Jun-1972   Makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X
Andrew Lawrence
12-Jan-1988   Brotherly Love
Marcus T. Paulk
12-Oct-1986   Myles Mitchell on Moesha
Brenda Strong
25-Mar-1960   Desperate Housewives
D. B. Sweeney
14-Nov-1961   Shoeless Joe in Eight Men Out
Khleo Thomas
30-Jan-1989   Roll Bounce


Review by anonymous (posted on 10-Jan-2007)

The movie "Going To The Mat" was loved by a friend of mine so when I saw it on a movie channel I decided I would watch it...and i'm so glad I did. The movie starts off with Jace Newfield, a blind teenager, who has just moved to Utah and is not too pleased. He shows this by playing heavy rock music on his drums and guitar. A meeting with a girl named Mary Beth, set out too be a reader for him becomes more than just a friend later on in the film. Jace feels unfufilled in his life so decides to take up a profound sport, wrestling. Jace proves great at the sport and works hard thus proving his compitence at coping with the blind situation. I suppose the message of the film was that no disabilaties, differences or changes that make us who we are should change the way we are treated. This is shown throughout the film and it is seen almost indefinaly at the end when everyone makes friends even if it was coz Jace thrashed someone in wrestlin.. still counts wright. The whole possibility of the film didnt sink in until the sad moments in the film where you really sympathise with the character. One such scene was when a fire bell went off and Jace, played by the undeniably gorgeous Andrew Lawrence, lost his stick and, though he didnt know it, was helped out of the school by his newly made enemy, John, played by Billy Aaron Brown. I enjoyed the whole film and have given it highest rating. A must have watch for anyone and should definatly be on a list of movies to see before you die!!!

Review by anonymous (posted on 10-Aug-2006)

This film is amazing. The emotional rollercoaster took me for a magical ride of highs and lows and wonderful twists. The storyline made me think about how i would feel in such a situation. I feel that this film has a very important message which is very useful to know. In my own words I think the message is that we should all appreciate what we have. You will never really appreciate anything untill you have lived without it. This movie has made me realise how lucky I actually am. To live without any disabilities. I feel Andrew Lawrence played Jason Newfield, the blind, new student, very well. He is an amazing actor and I believe that it was his acting that stood out and made the message clearer to me personally. I conclude my review with saying that I give this film the maximum of four stars and congradulate the cast and crew for making such a memorable film.

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